Alumni Stories

Bloch School alumni can be found in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, making important contributions and making a difference, center stage and behind the scenes.

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Class Notes

Brett Lane (BBA '02) is now an account executive at Aon Risk Solutions

Pat Murfey (EMBA '98), vice president of Evergreen Real Estate Services, is the 2015 president of the Kansas City Chapter of Certified Commercial Investment Members (CCIM).

George Guastello (BBA '82, MBA '84) is being honored by Nonprofit Connect as the 2012 Nonprofit Professional of the Year.

Gregory Galvin's (MBA '83) latest book: The Last Casualty of the Great War.

Lisa Freidel (MBA '14) is Weather Metrics Inc. new COO.

Brian Howell (MBA '86) takes post at Myriad CPA Group.

Maria Rittel (MBA '14) joined KLJ as a Communications Specialist.

Sasha Lewis (BBA '05) recently joined the team at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) located in Phoenix, Arizona.

Mark Randall (MPA '81) received a 2014 Regional Leadership Award from the Mid America Regional Council at the MARC Annual Assembly in June.

Kansas City Business Journal's new class of NextGen Leaders:

  • Ramin Cherafat (MBA '02)
  • Sherri Gormley (Staff, Bloch School of Management)
  • Jeremy Hegle (MBA '03)

Kansas City Business Journal CFO of the Year Awards alumni honorees:

  • Vicki Taylor (MBA '99) - Austin Hardware & Supply Inc.
  • Ray D. Smith (MBA '00) - PKD Foundation
  • Laura Snow (MBA '77) - Saint Paul School of Theology

Vanessa Finley (MBA '06) named CEO of YWCA Tulsa

Troy Nash (MBA '13) becomes first African-American principal at a top-tier real estate firm

Dev Malik (MBA '06) new principal and member of new operational leadership team at BNIM architecture

Dr. Michelle Reynolds (MBA '11) appointed by President Obama to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities


Gordon M. Graves (MBA '92)
Don Weinstein (MBA 61')
Mary J. Wogan (MBA '69)
John Joseph Slama (MBA '77 & '81)
Margaret E. Barron (MBA '83)
Lieutenant Colonel Billy G. Murphy (MBA '81)
Joseph E. Gardner (MBA '70)
Charles D. Parkinson (MBA '76)
Robert Willhite (MBA '61)
Gary W. McKillip (MBA '74)
Anthony W. Van Trump (MBA '79)
Patricia Murphy Miller (MPA '86)
Jeanne Bombinski Marks (MBA '82)
Eugene W. Schindel (MBA '65)
Keith Sheldon (MBA '12)
Daniel Kueser (MBA '81)


Daniel Boarder Joins Whitley Penn as Transaction Advisory Services Senior Manager

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Daniel A. BoarderWhitley Penn, one of the region's most distinguished public accounting and consulting firms, is pleased to announce that Daniel A. Boarder has joined the Dallas offices as Transaction Advisory Services Senior Manager. Boarder was previously with BKD.

Boarder provides essential consulting services by assisting private equity firms and corporate buyers in evaluating potential acquisition targets. He has managed over 150 engagements with transaction values ranging from less than $1 million to over $750 million. Boarder's consulting experience includes providing evaluations of post-transaction matters, such as purchase accounting, working capital analysis and related negotiations. To date he has successfully negotiated over $50 million in post-transaction purchase price adjustments in favor of his clients in a variety of industries.

"We are excited to have Daniel join the Transaction Advisory Services team. His knowledge and experience are true assets and will benefit our clients greatly," stated Felix J. Lozano, III, CPA & CFE, and Partner in Charge of the Audit practice at Whitley Penn.

Prior to working in public accounting, Boarder spent over nine years in the financial services industry performing financial analysis, evaluating operational efficiency and supporting growth initiatives. In total, he has over 15 years of professional experience in a variety of industries and roles.

Boarder is a graduate of DePaul University, Chicago, with a B.S. degree in Finance. In addition, he is a graduate of the Executive MBA program at the Bloch School at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Husch Blackwell Adds UMKC Alumna to Levee and Flood Control Team

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Husch Blackwell welcomes Senior Counsel Karin M. Jacoby, P.E., as an attorney to its Kansas City, Mo., office. Jacoby will concentrate her practice on Levee & Flood Control matters as a member the firm's Real Estate, Development & Construction industry group. She brings 25 years of experience in water resources and public works, as well as national-level policy expertise.

Jacoby is a member of the National Committee on Levee Safety. She was appointed by the Assistant Secretary of the Army of Civil Works to represent local/regional interests on the Committee, which was created by Congress in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She also served on the National Academy of Sciences levee committee that authored the recently released report for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Levees and the National Flood Insurance Program: Improving Policies and Practices.

Jacoby has been the Executive Director of the Missouri and Associated Rivers Coalition (MOARC) since 2001. This long-standing nonprofit was formed following the ravaging local floods of 1951 to advocate for flood control and water conservation, and continues with that mission today.

In 2009, Jacoby founded Spica Consulting LLC, an engineering and flood-risk management firm. A professional engineer registered in both Missouri and Illinois, she was previously employed by the City of Kansas City, Mo., as an Assistant City Engineer and Division Manager. Jacoby led the City's waterways program, working closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on projects such as the Blue River Channel Modification, Turkey Creek/Tunnel, and Brush Creek Flood Control and Beautification. While working for the City of Kansas City, Jacoby earned her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law (2006)) and her Master's in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (1999). Initially upon receiving her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, now known as Missouri University of Science and Technology (1985), Jacoby worked as a Design Engineer and Project Manager for the St. Louis-based firm Booker Associates Inc. (1986-1995).

Since 1929, Husch Blackwell has represented clients in levee and flood control matters, including the planning, financing and construction of public infrastructure and flood control systems. The firm's Levee & Flood Control team has a unique understanding of the legal and legislative issues surrounding levee and drainage facilities and the entities that build and manage them. Through numerous critical projects, Husch Blackwell attorneys have consistently and successfully partnered with clients, engineers, financial advisors, the USACE, FEMA and other state and local governments, to develop legal strategies and solve complex legal matters in a cost-effective manner.

Husch Blackwell is an industry-focused, full-service litigation and business law firm with locations in 16 U.S. cities and in London. National and global leaders are represented in major industries that include energy and natural resources; financial services; food and agribusiness; healthcare, life sciences and pharmaceuticals; real estate, development and construction; and technology, manufacturing and transportation. Husch Blackwell attorneys provide deep expertise and insights to overcome obstacles, identify opportunities and create meaningful results for its clients. Visit for more information.

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Kansas City, MO 64110

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